32 epic events to start 2016 off with a bang in Edinburgh
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January is undoubtedly the most depressing month of the year, but there’s still loads going on in Edinburgh this month to distract you from your post-Christmas reality.

Believe it or not, this January in Scotland’s capital you can catch some of your favourite bands live, laugh yourself silly at live comedy and even chill with the Terminator. Who said there was nothing left to look forward to once all the turkey was eaten?

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1 Jan: The View – Dundee indie favourites The View kick off 2016 with an intimate live show on New Year’s Day at trendy new venue The Biscuit Factory. (Fri 1 Jan, £32.15, The Biscuit Factory, 4-6 Anderson Place, EH6 5NP – more info)

1 Jan: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride – Though tickets have already officially sold out, do your best to beg, steal and scour Twitter to see the brand new episode of Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, of course) on the big screen. (Fri 1 Jan, £10.50, Cameo Cinema, 38 Home Street, EH3 9LZ – more info)

5-9 Jan: The Sound of Music – This new stage performance of classic musical The Sound of Music stars The Voice runner up Lucy O’Byrne and soap star Gray O’Brien singing all the songs you know and love from the Julie Andrews version. (Tue 5 – Sat 9 Jan, from £17.40, Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Lane, EH1 3AA – more info)

7 Jan: Paul Carrack – Former member of the bands Squeeze, Roxy Music, Mike & The Mechanics and many more, 64 year old Paul Carrack is undoubtedly one of the unsung heroes of British music history. (Thu 7 Jan, £30, Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, EH8 9JG – more info)

7 Jan: #EHDinner at Edinburgh Larder Bistro – Monthly supper club #EHDinner takes a turn at esteemed eatery Edinburgh Larder Bistro for a welcome glass of fizz and a delicious three course dinner. At this session local supplier Supernature will be discussing the nutritional benefits of homegrown, cold pressed rape seed oil. (Thu 7 Jan, £30, Edinburgh Larder Bistro, 1a Alva Street, EH2 4PH – more info)

8 Jan: Hozier – Best known for his chart topping and haunting single ‘Take Me to Church’, the atmospheric Usher Hall is the perfect venue for Irish singer-songwriter Hozier. (Fri 8 Jan, from £24.75, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, EH1 2EA – more info)

9 Jan: Kettle of Kites – Ex-Admiral Fallow guitarist Tom Stearn returns to Scotland with his new musical project Kettle of Kites, performing songs from their debut album Loan which was released earlier this year. (Sat 9 Jan, £8, Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, EH1 1JW – more info)

11 Jan: Marco Mendoza – Dead Daisies bassist and member of the re-formed Thin Lizzy comes to Edinburgh for a solo show at Bannerman’s Bar. (Mon 11 Jan, from £10, Bannerman’s Bar, 202 Cowgate, EH1 1NQ – more info)

13 Jan: Andy Zaltzman – Political comedian Andy Zaltzman brings his critically acclaimed stand-up show Satirist For Hire to the famous Stand Comedy Club. Email the political, economical and social issues you care about to Andy in advance and see him satirise them before your eyes. Expect an intelligent but brilliantly silly result. (Wed 13 Jan, £, The Stand, 5 York Place, EH1 3EB – more info)

15 Jan: Junebug – Inspired by the likes of Jefferson Airplane and Stereophonics, Glaswegian acoustic-rock five-piece Junebug are becoming known on the Scottish scene for their infectious live energy. (Fri 15 Jan, £6, Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, EH1 1JW – more info)

15 and 29: New Town Community Cinema – This pop-up community run cinema in Edinburgh’s New Town let’s you choose the films they screen by voting online beforehand. Organised by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, all money raised goes towards running the cinema and restoring buildings in Scotland. On January 15 you can head along to let the organisers know what you want from the cinema going forward. From January 29 they’ll have films on every fortnight. (Fri 15 and Fri 29 Jan, from £6.22, Glasite Meeting House, 33 Barony Street, EH3 6NX – more info)

16 Jan: Kris Kristoffersen – Back in the 1960s actor Kris Kristoffersen’s first love was music and the 79 year old is due to release his latest album The Cedar Creek Sessions any day now. You can hear snippets interspersed with old favourites live at the Queen’s Hall this month. (Sat 16 Jan, £34, Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, EH8 9JG – more info)

17 Jan: Vampires Rock – Sing and dance along to some of the catchiest rock anthems in history – including ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Bat Out of Hell’ – when fantastically over the top and funny musical Vampires Rock graces the Playhouse stage. (Sun 17 Jan, £32.50, Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Lane, EH1 3AA – more info)

20 Jan: An Experience with Arnold Schwarzenneger – Just like he promised, the Terminator himself will be back for a black tie dinner at EICC. If you’ve got the cash to spare, you can join Arnie for this exclusive event and even get the chance to ask him a question or two. (Wed 20 Jan, from £95, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, The Exchange, 150 Morrison Street, EH3 8EE – more info)

22 Jan: King Ayisoba and Ayunne Sule – Ghanaian music artists King Ayisoba and Ayunne Sule bring their unique African and Western fusion sounds to Summerhall for a ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here’ gig like no other before. (Fri 22 Jan, £14, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, EH9 1PL – more info)

22 Jan: Craig Hill – The brilliantly camp and immaculately dressed Craig Hill performs his popular Fringe show Playing With My Selfie! with plenty of cheeky jokes, audience participation and – of course – a lovely kilt. (Fri 22 Jan, £16.50, Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, EH21 6AA – more info)

23 Jan: The Beat – Seminal 2 Tone ska revival band The Beat from Birmingham may have formed in 1978 but – after a fair few line-up changes and a break up or two – they’re stronger than ever and still touring. (Sat 23 Jan, £19, Electric Circus, 36-39 Market Street, EH1 1DF – more info)

23 Jan: Daughter – With their songs featured on everything from a Tour de France advertisement to an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, talented London-based three-piece Daughter have had a taste of the mainstream but they’re still determinedly clinging on to their quirky indie roots. (Sat 23 Jan, £19, Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, EH8 9JG – more info)

23 Jan: Withered Hand, James Yorkston, The Pictish Trail – A Scottish musical trio to be reckoned with – Withered Hand, James Yorkston and The Pictish Trail will take it in turns to serenade Summerhall in the latter half of January. Hold onto your emotions, it’s going to be a bumpy one. (Sat 23 Jan, £15, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, EH9 1PL – more info)

23 and 25 Jan: Burns Night Supper – Trust the experts at Whiski Rooms to serve you up a traditional Burns supper with a side of fun both on Burns Night itself (25 Jan) and the weekend before. There will be bagpipes, speeches and plenty of sonsie haggis to be had. (Sat 23 and Mon 25 Jan, £35, Whiski Rooms, 4-7 North Bank Street, EH1 2LP – more info)

24 Jan: The Jungle Book – Ahead of seeing the live action re-make (due to be released in April 2016) you can re-familiarise yourself with Disney’s classic The Jungle Book from 1967 with this rare opportunity to watch it on the big screen. (Sun 24 Jan, £4, Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ – more info)

24 Jan: FM – Not to be confused with Canadian prog rock band of the same name, hard rock outfit FM formed in London in the mid-’80s and – after a 12 year hiatus – have been playing together again for the last eight years. (Sun 24 Jan, £20, The Liquid Room, 9c Victoria Street, EH1 2HE – more info)

25 Jan: Big Country – Formed just over the Forth Bridge in Dunfermline in 1981, Big Country broke into the mainstream in a big way during that era. Six years after the tragic death of former lead singer Stuart Adamson in 2001 the band were re-united and the rest – as they say – is history. (Mon 25 Jan, £18, Stramash, 207 Cowgate, EH1 1JQ – more info)

26 Jan: Bright Club – Not convinced that academics can be funny? You’ll change your mind after an evening at Bright Club, the regular stand-up night performed entirely by comics from Scottish universities. (Tue 26 Jan, £5, The Stand, 5 York Place, EH1 3EB – more info)

27 Jan: Best of Scottish Comedy – If you’re still in the mood for live comedy you can catch The Stand’s Best of Scottish Comedy showcase the very next night. Look forward to laughing your socks off at a ton of Scotland’s best contemporary comedians of all ages, shapes and sizes on the circuit today. (Wed 27 Jan, £6, The Stand, 5 York Place, EH1 3EB – more info)

28 Jan: Ded Rabbit – Edinburgh’s own alt-indie rock band Ded Rabbit have been playing together for around a decade now and have caught the eye (and ear) of everyone from former XFM radio DJ Jim Gellatly to the BBC’s Vic Galloway. (Thu 18 Jan, £8, Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, EH1 1JW – more info)

29 Jan: Britannia’s Burns’ Supper – Climb aboard the Queen’s former floating residence for a black tie Burns’ supper where you’ll be greeted with VIP red carpet treatment before enjoying a four course meal in Britannia’s State Dining Room. You’ll still get haggis, neeps and tatties, just with some added glamour. (Fri 29 Jan, £165, Royal Yacht Britannia, Ocean Terminal, Ocean Drive, EH6 6JJ – more info)

30 Jan: Caravan Club – Six-piece Edinburgh-based band Caravan Club are an experimental indie-folk group with a stand-out, hypnotising sound. (Sat 30 Jan, £6, Sneaky Pete’s, 73 Cowgate, EH1 1JW – more info)

30 Jan: De Rosa – Hailing from Lanarkshire, De Rosa will launch their long-awaited third album Weem at Summerhall at the end of the month with support from the ever-talented Kid Canaveral. (Sat 30 Jan, £10, Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Place, EH9 1PL – more info)

30 Jan: We Were Promised Jetpacks – Formed in Edinburgh and now living in Glasgow, We Were Promised Jetpacks are one of the Scottish indie music scene’s most recent success stories. The band will be heading homeward to perform at Electric Circus as part of Independent Venue Week at the end of the month. (Sat 30 Jan, £14, Electric Circus, 36-39 Market Street, EH1 1DF – more info)

31 Jan: Carl Hutchinson – Young but deliciously cynical, 27 year old comic Carl Hutchinson uses his latest show Learning the Ropes as an opportunity to ask what exactly he’s done with his near three decades on the planet and to share his love of wrestling with the audience. (Sun 31 Jan, £8, The Stand, 5 York Place, EH1 3EB – more info)

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31 Jan: 25 Years of Reeves and Mortimer – Re-scheduled after Bob Mortimer’s triple bypass surgery earlier this year, quintessential comedy duo Reeves and Mortimer are back on top form and celebrating 25 years of performing together with this special live show. Expect music, magic and a multitude of laughs from these shooting stars. (Sun 31 Jan, from £36.50, Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Lane, EH1 3AA – more info)

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